29 Apr

Successful Debut For Southampton Half

Southampton Half Marathon start

Whilst tens of thousands were participating in Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon, another running success story was unfolding on the south coast. More than 6,000 runners took part in the first ever ABP Southampton Half Marathon & 10K in the Hampshire city.

The event, supported by ABP Port of Southampton, marked the irst time in 30 years that Southampton has played host to a half marathon and up to 30,000 people descended upon the city to cheer on the runners.

First home was Southampton AC's Matthew Bennett in a time of 1:14:56.8, second was Paul Pallister from Hardely Runners (1:15:56.9) and third was Poole AC's Brian Underwood (1:16:12.9). In the 10k race, the winner was also a local runner from Southampton AC - Scott Edgington home in a time of 34:08.03.

Chris Rees, race director, said: "The sense of excitement and community spirit was absolutely electrifying. People of all ages and abilities came together to make this event not just a run but something that brought the entire city together. Based on the success of today we'll be looking to make the ABP Southampton Half Marathon a permanent fixture in the city's sporting calendar and can¹t wait to get planning for 2016."

Among the iconic Southampton landmarks that the runners passed during the ABP Southampton Half Marathon were the Bargate, Itchen Bridge and St Mary's Stadium.

Sign up has already opened for the 2016 race which will be held on Sunday 24 April.